Schools that grant a lot of engineering degrees always rank very highly on PayScale's overall school rankings for salary potential, so it's no surprise that when we look only at the salaries for engineering grads the overall salaries are even higher at top colleges. PayScale's 2015-2016 College Salary Report has data for engineering graduates from 223 colleges and universities. Find out where an engineering degree leads to the highest paycheck.
Highest-Earning Engineering Graduates by School
The list of schools that produce the highest-earning engineering graduates is a bit of a surprise this year. Big name schools like MIT, Harvey Mudd and CalTech don't top the list. Instead, Rice University has the engineering alumni with the highest mid-career salaries ($145,000), followed by Manhattan College ($140,000), Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and the Arts ($135,000) and the US Naval Academy ($134,000).
Best Schools for Engineering Students by Early Career Salary
Even looking at early career salaries might surprise you. Alumni with engineering degrees from Montana Tech report the highest early career salaries ($82,300), followed by graduates from the United States Naval Academy (USNA), at Annapolis ($78,000). The United States Military Academy at West Point ranks third for engineering majors.
More well-known colleges like UC Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology still make the top 10, but Cal Tech only ranks fourteenth for median mid-career salary, and thirteenth for early career salary for engineering majors.
Well-known names who studied engineering in college include former U.S. President Herbert Hoover, film icon Alfred Hitchcock, and astronaut Alan Shepard.